I must admit, today’s Snapshot Sunday of Sian and Barry post ceremony (see more of their wedding here) was chosen because that’s how I feel right now!
Photo by Jonas Peterson
Jennifer & Stephen
I was so delighted when I got a sneak peek at this engagement session. One of my favourite movies is The Notebook (romantic at heart, does that surprise you?) and today’s couple Jennifer & Stephen are also big fans of the movie!
Photographer Tiffany Coker of Avant Images shares the story with us. “The family property is amazing, and they simply call it “The Farm”…there is a beautiful antebellum style home that sits atop a little hill overlooking a lake surrounded by trees draped with spanish moss. Several of the engagement shots were taken in one of three old railroad cars set on the property, and the one we shot on has been turned into a little bridge, so when you’re driving up to the house you go right through the train car!
The car in the background of several of the photos is a 1934 Ford coupe, and Jennifer wanted to incorporate it along with the vintage styling to reflect a sort of “Notebook” theme. The treehouse in a few of the shots is actually the place where Stephen proposed to Jennifer, so it was important that we included that somehow as well. Jennifer is actually a photographer herself, so both the engagement session and wedding (and rehearsal dinner now that I think of it!) we full of little details….believe it or not, they actually pulled their wedding together in 12 weeks!!”
Photos by Avant Images
Early last year, with glasses of wine in hand and minds full of inspiration a plan was hatched over a dining room table….
Today (tonight as I write this) we launch a brand new adventure. It’s a little more grown up, a little more put together, and a little more reflective of what Polka Dot Bride has become. It’s a little more us.
But it’s also a little more you…
The greatest joy of my blogging experience has been through sharing with you. I wanted to create spaces for you to share – these are your spaces, where you can write, design, cry, support and most of all love. I might leave you to explore them all yourself (otherwise this post would be much longer!) Play, explore… these spaces have room to grow, to evolve. They’re a little empty right now, because they’ve been waiting for you! It’s up to you how they’ll take shape!
What else did we do?
– We added a personalised collection! This works like your own personal Polka Dot Bride bookmark folder so you can clip your favourite posts and keep them in one snappy little login. Once youon a post anywhere on the site to add it to your favourites and view them on the personalisation collection button in the left sidebar!
– You can also use this login to submit posts to the speciality & write comments with your little pretty pictures. (Get one at Gravatar).
– Colour colour! When we started Creative Colour it was actually to form our colour book! Click on any colour to see all our Inspired Weddings and entries by colour, from Raisin to Champagne, we have more to come soon!
We didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much, so on Monday we will be unveiling a brand new Ms Polka Dot’s Directory ! It’s PACKED full of fantastic features (that our tech team is feverishly finalising) and treats not only for you but for our wonderful advertisers who we just can’t wait to show off!
As with any website launch, there are people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
Prue from Gigi & Lulu– it is a complete honour to have worked with Prue on this project, from conception through to middle of the night emails and last minute button creating, Prue not only pulled the goobledydook out of my head and transferred it into the brilliant design you see today, but she was also there for all the moments of squealing, excitement and brought SO MUCH JOY into this project. I don’t think it would have been half as much fun without Prue – if you can, hire her, you’ll love her to pieces like I do!
Then there are of course the ones who have been behind Polka Dot Bride every single day. The Polkas, the Paisleys & the Stripeys who all contribute such an amazing amount to Polka Dot Bride each and every day. Additionally, to all my silent supporters a big thankyou for being spectacular!
We still have so much to do (features to add, comments to move, tweaks to make so don’t worry if things are a little odd in places!) Advertisers, my wonderful patient advertisers, who make this all possible, you will be receiving an email from Ms Paisley or Ms Stripey early next week with some more treats for you and all your details!
As for me? Well after a glass of bubbles I will be going back to writing inspiring thoughts, answering your questions, picking up inspiration from crazy places, doing venue searches, dress hunts and writing about all things ‘wedding’.
I do hope you’ll join me….
P.S Are you celebrating our virtual launch party with us today? We would love to see some photos! Do contact us with them!
Photo via City Sage
I’m taking a break (Read: I am not allowed to post so I don’t mess it up!) for the next two days so that our developers can move everything to our brand new site!
A sad farewell for me to the current look Polka Dot Bride. Designed when my dream was barely a pipsqueak, it’s time for something that’s a little more reflective of where we are today!
We’ll be back on Friday (Australian time)… I do hope you’ll join us!
Polka Dot Bride January 2007- October 2007
Polka Dot Bride October 2007- July 2010